Josephine Is Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
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In Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck–Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Terrance. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (True Colors)

My Thoughts:

Step back in time to 1824 when medical science is rudimentary at best and exploratory science is booming. A dead body on the black market was worth a small fortune, and once you started down that path, it was impossible to navigate the twists and turns to find your way out.

When Josephine Clayton wakes up on the doctors examining table, with him standing over her ready to perform the post-mortem. Her life is spared, but she is ruthlessly thrown into a dark secretive ring of body-snatchers. Eager to find her way out of the endless maze of dead-end scenarios Josephine goes along with the plot to provide 1 body in place of her own on the condition that the person isn’t murdered. But will she find the price too high? Working at a cotton mill as a cover for her secret mission, she reluctantly makes friends and quickly realizes that the spider web she has found herself in only tangles around her tighter.

I enjoyed learning more about the cotton mill and meeting the girls that worked there. Each element of this story is so carefully crafted and realistic. I felt like I was part of that world. I could almost hear the steam of the machines as they roared to life and see the bits of cotton floating in the air. I could see little Liesel, the bobbin girl sitting along the wall with her basket, ready to leap up and help at a moments notice.

With vivid characters and an exciting plot, this page-turning romantic suspense will keep you up late into the night, turning pages and trying to discover what will happen next. I loved the unexpected twists and turns!

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

AngieDicken Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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The Yellow Lantern

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9 thoughts on “The Yellow Lantern (True Colors) by Angie Dicken

    1. I hear you on the scare factor! I’m not a huge fan of scary.
      The story starts out with the heroine waking up after everyone thought she had died. Her poor father has been in debtors prison and agreed to help this illegal group of body snatchers (for lack of a better name) to earn money to get out. When she died the town doctor had plans to make money on selling her body to help her father. But she wasn’t dead. So she gets tangled up in the scene. To provide dead bodies. Only she doesn’t agree with it. Beyond her trying to find her way out of that tangle, there is a tender love story, lots of history, and a faith reminder that even when bad things happen, God can bring it to good.
      I didn’t loose sleep, or jump at shadows, or have nightmares.
      But I can’t promise that someone else wouldn’t.
      Did you read any of Jaime Jo Wright’s books??

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      1. I LOVE Jaime Jo Wright’s books!! I have NO idea how they didn’t give me nightmares though lol. I was really nervous to read her Gossamer Pond book b/c I was worried that it would be “ghost” spooky but I was SOO happy that even though her books may spook you—she never actually crosses into paranormal

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